Right up Dawson’s Creek…… Raw Enduro Mini Extreme – Race Report
Wayne Braybook went back to his Extreme Enduro roots last weekend to create a new kind of RAW Extreme Enduro event. Ahead of some big plans for 2019 RAW Extreme races, the Mini Extreme, was aimed club riders to give them a taste of all things harder than regular events.
Report by Raw Media – Images courtesy of Matt Rudd Photography
There was no riding over lolly pop sticks, pipe cleaners, or Tonka Toy tyres… Wayne wanted this event to stand out and show that hard enduro courses can run well, WITHOUT the need for chopping parts of the course when riders do get stuck. The lap was made up of 3 key Rock Garden sections, very greasy steep quarry scree plus plenty of other challenging terrain. One major hard section had around 4 line choice options depending on rider ability, plus the final spectator area feature, the huge hill climb next to the pits area, which is where lots of the action played out.
Gas Gas UK rider Dawson Marriott finished his last season as a clubman rider in fine style. Riding hard for two hours despite some pushing and man handling of his bike, he took the clubman win one clear lap up on his nearest challenge from Jamie Williams. Jamie loves the extreme events, his day begun with a disaster from start when his KTM wouldn’t fire up leaving him dead last away. Williams pushed as hard as he could, but giving a rider of Marriott’s experience a head start made the gap too big to close from the get go. Richard Hawes rounded out the clubman class top three and was delighted with third place. In the Sportsman Class Scott Booth was the overall winner. His Husky 4 stroke was just the tool for the job as he made light work of the difficult greasy climbs. Russell Waller returned to racing and loved every minute of this tough event, more of the same was the request from Russ. Dirt Bike Action promoter John Kerwin battled around the mini extreme course on his 150 KTM, he credited himself with third place and a very tired body.
In the Vets class the fight at the top was as close as ever. Mark Fenwick made the best of the tough conditions on his 4 stroke KTM, taking the win; Mark’s smile said it all as he collected his first place trophy plate at the presentation. Local rider Joe Wheeler looked like he’s never been off his bike, despite not riding much in the last few years, his 2 stoke KTM dragged him round effectively to take runner up place. Another local rider Ashley Jones fought hard to grab the final podium spot; he didn’t have to travel far home for a hot bath!!!
Credit goes out to all the Novice riders who entered. Peter Thomason was the top novice completing an impressive 6 laps! His nearest rival on the day was Isaac Bargh who was made up with runner up place in such a tough event. Tommy Scott finished in third place after completing his race with around a 30-minute lap time. RAW had three brave youth riders who took part at this event. Sam Boyd stood out head and shoulders even amongst the adult riders, on his KTM 85, Sam’s desire to attack every climb saw him take the Youth win on a mighty impressive 4 lap tally. Bert Boam had a tough day at the office, unable to get the grip he needed from his small wheels, the lad from Derbyshire battled hard to complete one lap and get the vital finish he wanted.
To sum up, this event did exactly what it was billed to do, a tough event, with no excuses, from participants or the organising crew. This event was a Mini Extreme and that’s exactly what RAW Enduro will provide more of in 2019.
Watch out for the big news coming very soon on a Serious BIG Extreme event from RAW Enduro. February 17th is the date, this event will surpass expectations once again as RAW prove they, and Wayne Braybrook really do know how to provide true Extreme Enduro Events.
Wishing all our customers and Club Members a very Happy Christmas and a fantastic new year.